Bungie has been hit with layoffs, with the studio reportedly having cut around 100 jobs, accounting for nearly 8% of its total workforce. Now, new reports have shed further light on the layoffs, revealing that, as it turns out, the underperformance of Destiny 2 is primarily responsible for the cuts.
Bloomberg reports that Bungie’s revenue for the year is currently falling 45% below internal projections, and that Destiny 2 itself has faced a “sharp drop” in engagement and popularity since the launch of the previous expansion, Lightfall.
Meanwhile, IGN also adds that Bungie employees were told in a meeting by CEO Pete Parsons that Destiny 2 player sentiment is currently at “an all-time low”, something that staff at the studio had allegedly warned Bungie leadership about months ago. According to the report, employees had been “begging” to make necessary changes that would enable a turnaround in reception from the community.
To make matters worse, it’s also been reported that pre-orders for the next Destiny expansion, The Final Shape, are tracking below internal expectations. Meanwhile, previous reports have also claimed that the expansion has been delayed to June.